pupil-teacher ratio

the number of pupils in an institution divided by the number of teaching staff. A ratio of 30:1 would mean that for every 30 pupils there was one teacher. There have been recent moves to have this reduce significantly but academic opinion is divided on its merits and political opinion baulks at the increased costs involved. Many private schools market themselves on the basis of a low pupil-teacher ration, the implication being that personal attention and support for each individual pupil will be greater than would be the case in larger-sized classes.